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Richmond, Pinole, El Sobrante area
I am looking for good places to eat with kids in the Richmond, Pinole,
El Sobrante areas, basically on the I-80 corridor. I live near El
Cerrito and find I prefer to go in the direction of less crowds and more
parking, as opposed to eating in the Berkeley/Albany areas. Thanks for
Hunan Villa, 632 San Pablo Ave., Pinole 510-724-1368
http://www.hunanvilla.com/ Very good they also have Jazz on some nights. Voted best of EastBay Chinese by Contra Costa Times.
(I don't think their web-interface for ordering take-out works correctly).
There is also a good Japanese restraunt next door (Del Monte Center), I forget name, but it is also good.
See this link of restraunts also:
Sawadee Thai restaurant on San Pablo Avenue (SPA) in
Richmond (near Barrett) is good, and great fun for kids
who like to take off their shoes and sit on floor pillows.
La Strada is a very good old-fashioned white-tablecloth
family-friendly Italian restaurant in San Pablo. On SPA
near Church, I believe.
There are several good Chinese and Japanese restaurants
on SPA in El Cerrito. Try Shem's across from the EC Plaza.
on SPA They are trying to build up business, and have special
2-for-1 dinner deals all the time. Gong Bu Lai in mid-El
Cerrito shopping center is good. At the north end of El
Cerrito, Uncle Wong's is popular, in the Del Norte Place
strip--along with Italian restaurant String's which is
Katana-ya for Japanese, on SPA in a strip mall. There
is also a good Japanese restaurant on SPA across from
Home Depot, can't remember the name. There are 2 right
next to each other, one is better than the other.
For lunch we are devoted to the unpretentious The Junket
on the south side of El Cerrito Plaza. Great sandwiches
(try the avocado veggie sandwich on a sourdough roll, my
"usual"), quiche, salads, coffee, deli counter. On Tuesdays
and Saturdays, you can combine a Junket junket with a
visit to the farmer's market.
The Asian Pacific Mall (Richmond) right by the freeway
off Central has several good restaurants. Phuping Thai
(kids love the name) is a favorite of mine--although a
little fancy for evening perhaps, so we go there for
lunch instead. The 868-something Chinese restaurant is
also very good. Haven't tried the cook-your-own Hot
Pot place yet, but that might be fun.
A new Fresh Choice (buffet-style all-you-can-eat salads,
soups, pizza, whatnot) will soon open in the Hilltop
Mall in Richmond.
And of course there's always Chevy's near Hilltop Mall.
And coming soon (2002) to the El Cerrito Plaza: Pasta
Pomodoro, Macaroni Grill, Baja something-or-rather, an
ice cream store, a small locally owned Italian gelato
and sandwich cafe on Fairmont (hooray!), and *way* too
Tina's Creekside Cafe on San Pablo Dam Road in El Sobrante
is cute, resonable, kid friendly and has lots of wonderful
food (with excellent vegetarian options).
I would try Jennifer & Todd's on San Pablo Dam Road
(at El Portal. They have big wood tables (enough room
to move your plates, etc. away from wandering hands)
and lots of space in between the tables (for
strollers, diaper bags, etc). The food is really good
(italian and steaks)and reasonably priced. They have
GREAT breakfast too (blueberry pancakes, chicken pesto
There is a strip of 3 exits in Richmond/Pinole that offers quite a few
eating places. Hilltop Mall Rd. has quite a few great eating places in
the Mall (Sweet River Saloon, A Mexican Grill [can't remember the name --
something like Cazuelas maybe?], Mongolian BBQ, Burger King, Subway among
others) and then there's also Chevy's off that exit. Richmond
Pky/Fitzgerald Dr. offers Applebee's, Round Table Pizza, Outback
Steakhouse , In-N-Out Burger, Togo's, Subway, Me-N-Ed's Pizza, a
CheesSteak Shop, and etc. And Appian Way Exit has a number of places for
families to eat like Wendy's, Taco Bell, McDonald's, (with an outdoor
play structure), Burger King, Long John Silver's, KFC, Carl's Jr. (with
an indoor play area), Sizzler, to name a few. (Note: Richmond
Pky/Fitzgerald Drive Exit and Appian Way Exit are one big road. You can
theoretically get off on one exit and continue down the road until you
get back on the freeway at the end of the other exit.) Hope this helps.
I live in El Sobrante and have three children. We frequently go to a Chinese buffet called Uncle Sam's. It's at the corner of Valley View and May Road in a shopping center with Albertson's. I usually don't go for buffets but this place is so popular that the food rarely stays on the hot table for more than 15 minutes. They also have some american style food - french fries, chicken nuggets - that kids like, and frequently have sushi rolls, in addition to a large variety of very fresh Chinese food. They're very kid-friendly. There's a fixed price depending on age but drinks are extra. The only down side is that the menu doesn't change much.
There's also a Sizzler right off Appian and the freeway and in downtown El
Sobrante there's a Tandoori Chicken, which I personally love but probably most kids would not.
From: Mark (12/98)
Novato: Cacti southwestern
Los Camelia's original recipe's mexican
Anita's kitchen Thai
David's very good italian
Mayflower english pub
Mulberry St. Pizza excellent Pizza
I am wondering if anyone can recommend a baby and child
''friendly'' restaurant in San Francisco that is not a
chain (i.e. Denny's, etc.)I have checked the archives
and there are not many recent postings.
Hungry mom w/ 18 month old
If you're anywhere near the inner-Richmond District,
Georgio's pizza on Clement and fourth (or fifth, I can't
remember), is the place to go with kids. We used to
live in the neighborhood and went there every single
Friday night with our then toddler. It seemed every
family for miles was there, too. Friendly staff,
perfect pizza, great pasta, amazing garlic bread...etc.
Good prices. Loud and easy going - very kid friendly
but still enjoyable for adults. We still make the
schlep over the bridge just to visit, and it makes us
dream of moving back (when we win the lottery, I mean).
It's right across from City Kids. Parking is unlikely,
so take Muni.
another former San Franciscan mommy
I have brought my 3 month old to several restaurants in
SF where a bit of cooing and occasional cry went completely
unnoticed. Here are some of my favorites: Boogaloos is a
great breakfast/lunch place in the Mission. In Noe Valley
there is a Barney's Burgers and a crepery called Savor that
is baby-friendly. On a nice day there are several good
restaurants that have patios: Yum Yum Mediterranean on
9th and Irving, Moki's Sushi in Bernal Heights and Zazie in
Cole Valley. Feel free to e-mail me for more recommendations,
I've lived in the city for seven years and used to eat
out a lot!
Angkor Borei Cambodian Restaurant on Mission and 30th...
great food, hudge vegatarian menu, and VERY kid friendly
There was an amusing article in last months Gourmet about
taking Children to places not geared to them. It describes
taking a toddler to Masa.
Basically, the point the author (Michael Lewis) was making
was that toddlers and very rich people aren't really all that
different in their demands.
Not recommending you do this, of course, but it was amusing.
The Chronicle has a list of kid-friendly restaurants sorted
by location. It's here:
In their list I have been to and can recommend in SF Chow.
Good Luck. We're in the restaurant black-out period with our
Noe Valley (aka Stroller Valley) has a number of child-friendly
places. Savor, with its lovely patio, on 24th Street comes to
mind. Have you checked out www.gocitykids.com? They list
kid-friendly restaurants in the city, among other resources
From: John (11/98)
I recommend Beach Chalet Brewery on Great Hwy at JF Kennedy Dr., on
the western edge of Golden Gate Park. It is children friendly yet it
caters well for an adult dining experience (there is a good selection
of home brew on tap and I believe they have live jazz in evening).
When we had lunch recently with my husband's family from UK, the 5
year old in our party was presented promptly with a set of crayons
with which to color her own sheet of children's menu. The adults thus
enjoyed a leisurely meal while the child was busy with her
artwork. The location is also rather special. On a fine day there is
an opportunity for an after meal stroll in the park, or along the
beach as we did. Otherwise the view of the ocean from the restaurant
alone is spectacular. It's a good place to bring out-of-town
visitors. There is also plenty of free parking ( a bonus for SF dining
From: Wendy (10/98)
Re: SF family restaurants
Chevy's (Tex-Mex) -- all over, but the one at Howard and 4th or 5th
has free parking (I believe its on Minna) after 5:00, and it's easy to get
veggie food there.
Fresh Choice (cafeteria style salad/soup/etc. bar) -- these are located a
little south, Colma and Tanforan area both have one. They are priced by age
(under 5 free, 3.99 up to 12 (I think), 10% senior discount, etc.) Lots of
veggie choices available, and the best thing for new parents is that they
have highchairs on wheels, so you plug your kid in the highchair at the
beginning of the line, drag it along as you pick up food, and can even throw
food on the tray as you go along to keep the child happy!
Olive Garden (Italian) -- located at Stonestown, this restaurant even has
The most easily negotiated (though not necessarily the most gourmet food),
in my opinion, are:
Have you tried Boston Chicken? With a whole or half chicken, you get side
dishes which include mac & cheese (since my kids don't like chicken), jello,
fruit salad, or different kinds of vegetables. And with the coupons that
seem to appear every week in the Sunday Chron, it's really cheap -- we once
even got a free chicken.
We also go to Carrow's and Nation's for breakfast and that works out
well, as our son loves scrambled eggs and hash browns. I always bring jars of
baby food and his own juice in case service is slow or the places are crowded
and I ask for crackers first if there is a long wait for food. I bring books
if he finishes eating before we do, but sometimes one of us has to carry him
outside and keep him amused.
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